Senator Newman’s Board Attendance Measure Moves Ahead with Unanimous Bipartisan Support

Wednesday, May 3 2017

(SACRAMENTO, CA) –Senate Bill (SB) 715, an accountability measure that would specify the criterion for removal of board members from state regulatory boards authored by Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton), passed the Senate today with bipartisan unanimous support. SB 715 would add failure to attend scheduled meetings to the list of reasons for which the Governor may remove one of his or her appointed board members from office.

“When running for Senate, one of my top priorities was government accountability. As a member of the Business and Professions Committee, I have had the opportunity to see firsthand how important board members are to the efficient and successful oversight of professions- and most importantly to consumer protection. I have participated in recent oversight hearings that shine a light on both areas where boards are meeting their responsibilities and where they can be improving. This measure is an effort to remove ambiguity and encourage greater accountability.”

Currently, within the Department of Consumer Affairs, there are 40 entities, including 26 boards, ten bureaus, two committees, one program, and one commission that regulate more than 100 types of businesses and 200 different types of industries and professions. The two primary functions of these boards are licensing and enforcement. 

Under current law, the Governor has the power to remove from office any board member appointed by him or her if that member neglects his or her duties required by law, is incompetent or engages in unprofessional or dishonorable conduct. However, it does not specifically call out absences from board meetings as a specified cause of removal.